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Knight Commission Releases Guidelines and Considerations for Decisions to Reopen College Sports

The Knight Commission appreciates the gravity, urgency and uncertainty of decisions about how to reopen college sports, and recognizes that reopening college sports programs is an important leading indicator of the broader national crisis gripping higher education during the COVID-19 pandemic. The decisions that college leaders make about whether to bring athletes back to campus and engage in training and competition should not be made in isolation but rather should go hand in hand with decisions about returning other students to dorms, classrooms and dining halls. Maintaining the safety and health of college athletes is just as vital as maintaining the safety and health of all students, faculty, staff and university administrators.

Knight Commission’s June 4 Video and Webinar Kit

On June 4, 2020, the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics held a webinar to assess the NCAA’s proposal allowing college athletes to earn money for the use of their name, image and likeness (NIL) and to evaluate key differences with recommendations made by other groups. The session focused on issues such as compliance with fair market value, the confusion around group endorsement opportunities and ways to achieve uniformity, either through Congress or the Uniform Law Commission. The expert panel included Congressman Anthony Gonzalez, who is working on an NIL bill, Val Ackerman, Gabe Feldman and Tom McMillen.

Knight Commission Initiatives on the Use of College Athletes’ Name, Image and Likeness

Knight Commission Proposes Principles to Guide New Name, Image and Likeness Rules for College Athletes; Letter to Dr. Mark Emmert, NCAA President, from the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics Co-Chairs; Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics Principles for New Rules on the Use of College Athletes’ Name, Image and Likeness; Examples Applying Knight Commission Principles to NIL Opportunities for College Athletes; History of Knight Commission Work on Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) Models and Issues

Knight Commission Examining Major Restructuring of College Sports

For Public Release Dec. 16, 2019 Media Inquiries: Fred Frommer fred.frommer@deweysquare.com; 202.744.9273 The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, a leading voice for college sports reform, informed NCAA President Mark Emmert today that it will examine new models to restructure college sports, citing the challenges created by the “highly commercialized environment” for Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS)

History of Knight Commission Work on Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) Models and Issues

The following provides links to papers and videos from prior Knight Commission meetings where potential changes of NCAA rules regarding the use of student-athletes names, images and likenesses (NIL) were considered. These discussions preceded the passage of California’s SB 206 in September 2019 that will allow student-athletes at California universities to be compensated for the

VIDEOS FROM MAY 2019 MEETING

[[Sessions and videos with NCAA, NBA, and experts about college basketball issues]]

Session 1: A year of change in college basketball: A report on actions and plans to address remaining challenges Mike Brey, head men’s basketball coach, University of Notre Dame; president, Board of Directors, National Association of Basketball Coaches Dan Gavitt, senior vice president of basketball, NCAA Kevin Lennon, vice president for Division I governance, NCAA

May 2019 Meeting Photos

Click on each photo to enlarge. Carol Cartwright Gabe Feldman (left), Amadou Kilkenny Diaw Amadou Kilkenny Diaw From left: Scott Bearby, Gabe Feldman, Amadou Kilkenny Diaw From left: Eric Chenowith, Tom McMillen,  Scott Bearby, Gabe Feldman, Amadou Kilkenny Diaw Tom McMillen (left), Scott Bearby Jonathan Mariner Garth Glissman Michael Crow Jacques McClendon Amy Perko (left),